WHITEHOUSE — Datavion Thacker of Jacksonville High School qualified for the Class 4A, Region II Meet, to be held at University of Texas-Arlington next week, in two events, long jump and the 100M dash.
Thacker finished first in long jump at the Distirct 15-16 Area Championship in Whitehouse on Thursday to earn the right to move on. Thacker had a meet-best jump of 22'-7.25”, which was 3.25 inches ahead of runner-up Kenton Mayberry of Mansfield Legacy.
In the 100M dash, Thacker was timed in 10.95 and finished third. Whitehouse's Shemar Smith posted a winning time of 10.91.
Also earning a trip to Arlington was Jacksonville's 4X100m relay team (Tony Lane, Ezell Woods, Braylon Parish, Thacker). The Tribe harriers finished in fourth place, running a 41.87.
Lancaster (41.17) established a new Area record in winning the gold in the event.
Damonica Franklin will be the Maidens' lone representative at the regional showdown. Franklin came in fourth place in discus, landing a toss of 102'-10”. Lancaster's Jacquetta Cannon took first with a throw of 133'-8”.